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INTERNAL MEDICINE INPATIENT CARE MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION ASSESSMENTS FAQs

In 2024 ABIM will launch an inpatient version of the Internal Medicine MOC assessment for the LKA and traditional, 10-year MOC assessment. Learn more about this new assessment opportunity from the FAQs below:

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What is the inpatient version of the Internal Medicine Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment(LKA®)?

It is a new Internal Medicine LKA designed for those who work in an inpatient setting. It will launch in January 2024. Learn more about the LKA on our dedicated LKA website.

Who can participate in this new LKA option?

The inpatient version of the LKA will be available to anyone certified in internal medicine who is due for an MOC assessment. It may be a good option for those seeking to affirm their inpatient care knowledge. It can also be used as a pathway to reinstate a lapsed internal medicine certificate.

I am in the FPHM program and want to try the inpatient LKA. How do I enroll?

You must first withdraw from the FPHM program, which will reinstate your Internal Medicine certification. You can do this by sending an email to ABIM at request@abim.org. Once your withdrawal is confirmed, you can enroll in the Internal Medicine LKA and participate in it in 2023. You will then be able to switch to the inpatient version when it becomes available in 2024, as long as you are actively participating in the Internal Medicine LKA.

If you transition to the inpatient focused version of the Internal Medicine LKA, you will begin a new five-year LKA cycle and will remain reported as Certified as long as you continue to meet the LKA Participation Requirement, and any other MOC requirements.

My Internal Medicine MOC assessment is due in 2023. How can I participate in the inpatient version of the Internal Medicine LKA?

Enroll in the Internal Medicine LKA in 2023, and then switch to the inpatient focused version of the Internal Medicine LKA when it launches in 2024.

After you transition to the inpatient focused version of the Internal Medicine LKA, you will begin a new five-year LKA cycle and will still be reported as Certified as long as you are actively participating in the Internal Medicine LKA, and meeting any other MOC requirements.

What if the inpatient focused version of the Internal Medicine LKA is not working for me? Can I switch back to the Internal Medicine LKA?

If you choose to switch from the Internal Medicine LKA to the inpatient focused version of the Internal Medicine LKA, you must complete your 5-year cycle (from the time you originally began the inpatient version of LKA participation) before being able to switch back.

Alternatively, you can take the traditional, 10- year Internal Medicine MOC exam.

What if I am in the FPHM program and already enrolled in another option and want to try the inpatient LKA in 2024?

You must first withdraw from the FPHM program, which will reinstate your Internal Medicine certification. You can do this by sending an email to ABIM at request@abim.org. Once your withdrawal is confirmed, you can enroll in the Internal Medicine LKA and participate in it in 2023. You will then be able to switch to the inpatient version when it becomes available in 2024, as long as you are actively participating in the Internal Medicine LKA.

If I take the traditional, 10-year exam and pass, can I enroll in the inpatient when it becomes available in 2024?

No, if you take and pass either traditional, 10-year MOC exam your next assessment will be due 10 years from then. You will not be able to participate in an LKA until that time.